NYPD searched the home of an Emmy-winning hoarder TWICE after she went missing but couldn’t find her body
The NYPD twice searched the Queens home of Emmy-award-winning production designer Evelyn Sakash before her body was found among the trash inside.
The mummified remains of 66-year-old Sakash were discovered by cleaning crews in the kitchen of her garbage-strewn property on Tuesday – five months after police conducted two fruitless searches of the home.
Sakash went missing last September, prompting her cousin to file a missing person from Nevada.
On Oct. 18, NYPD agents conducted a 45-minute search of Sakash’s home, located in College Point’s Queens neighborhood.
They arrived to discover the house full of trash before finding four dogs and six cats inside. The animals were taken to a local shelter, but police saw no trace of Sakash – who was known to be a hoarder.
Agents returned the next day with cadaver dogs and conducted another 45 minutes of search, digging under floor-to-ceiling debris for the missing production designer. Again, she left without any clues as to her whereabouts.
The police said The New York Daily News Friday they think Sakash was already dead on the kitchen floor. However, the stench of trash in the house probably prevented the tracking dogs from picking up her scent.
Evelyn Sakash, 66, was found by a cleaning crew at her home in Queens on Tuesday – six months after she was last seen alive
Sakash’s sister had recently come to New York to have a cleaning crew clean up the house, police said. Sakash has been missing since September last year
On Oct. 18, NYPD agents conducted a 45-minute search of Sakash’s home, located in College Point’s Queens neighborhood. The outside is shown
They arrived to discover the house full of trash before finding four dogs and six cats inside
Cleaning crews are seen removing more trash from Sakash’s house on Friday morning
Sakash was an established production designer and art director with over 30 years of experience in the film and television industry.
Her IMDB page contains credits for Orange is the New Black and Billions. She also worked for Disney and MTV.
In 2003, Sakash won a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction / Set Decoration / Scenic Design for her work on the children’s show Between the Lions.
However, her friend and neighbor, Laraine Memola, told The Daily News that Sakash’s work dried up during the COVID-19 pandemic, likely sending her into depression.
“Her job gave her purpose,” Memola said.
The friend says Sakash was already suffering from the recent death of her beloved mother, who lived in a nearby nursing home.
“Evelyn always took care of her mother – her mother was here at College Point, in a nursing home,” Memola said. “She always brought her food.”
Sakash was an established production designer and art director with over 30 years of experience in the film and television industry. Her IMDB page includes credits to Orange is the New Black and Billions. She also worked for Disney and MTV
Bags of potting soil are piled up outside of Sakash’s house. She reportedly fell into depression after her mother’s death last year
Police told The Daily News the inside of the house was full of ‘floor to ceiling debris’
Flower tribute is left outside the 66-year-old’s home. She was not married and had no children
Friends and neighbors placed cards and flowers outside the College Point residence after Sakash was found inside on Tuesday
Memola continued, “Between the pandemic, her job, her mother – it hit her hard.
“Her mother’s funeral was at the height of the pandemic and it was just her, a friend and her cousin.”
With no work to distract herself, Memola believes Sakash has fallen further into depression.
“It had to contribute to the depression, along with the death of her mother,” said the friend.
She suffered. She has lost a lot of weight. ‘
Ellen Brown, the hiss of Sakash, launched a GoFundMe last December to help supplement the costs of the search for the production designer’s whereabouts.
Late last month, Brown paid the cleaning crews to tidy up the house when they made the grim discovery.
Brown told The Daily News she doesn’t want her sister to be remembered for the sad way she died.
“She had a full life and she was so unusually talented,” she said. “She was a brilliant mind.”
Rommel is seen piled up near the sidewalk of Sakash’s Queens’ house on Friday
Sakash was a well-known hoarder, but her sister says she wants to be remembered as a ‘brilliant mind’ who had an extraordinary career